Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Only Real Solution

The problem with violence in this country is not too many guns.  It is not a lack of mental health services.  It is not Democrats correctly pointing out how stupid and ignorant the Republican base is, causing Republicans to be very sad. 

Here is the real problem:

One of the two political parties in the United States exists solely for the purpose of further enriching two or three hundred of the richest families in America.  This is to be accomplished by, essentially, stripping all of the wealth from the remaining 340 million Americans.  In return, these rich families have committed themselves to funding whatever smear campaigns, vote thievery or any other corruption is needed to keep that party in power.

Of course, no one who was not a member of those two or three hundred families would have a reason on earth to support such a program.  It became obvious forty or fifty years ago that anyone who paid attention to political reality in the United States could easily see what was happening.  The answer to this problem was not a commitment to political morality from that party, but to generate a voting base which was oblivious to, and contemptuous of, fact, and which voted totally based on hatred, greed and the hunger for violence which, unfortunately, lies dormant in so many of us.  It was the very justifiable opinion of this party that they could control these feral voters, simply because they knew that the other party would never stoop to the degenerate tactics necessary to generate this kind of rage. 

Unfortunately for everyone, once the forces within people that control their worst instincts- call them what you will, conscience, morals, whatever- have been neutralized, the resulting behavior cannot be constrained to the voting booth.  And thus, hatred and violence stalk the land.

The only answer to this problem (short of giving in and living in a dystopian hell) is to destroy that political party, and see to it that all of its leaders pay the price for the abomination they knowingly created. There is no reforming people once they have gone this far down the road to inhumanity; they must be done away with so the rest of us can get back to living lives that are not consumed with fighting this evil.

Wingnut Wrapup

Yeah, I know that I am violating my New Years' resolution not to deal with wingnuts any more, but with things getting worse and worse for Trump every day, they are really having to work overtime to keep the lies flowing, so here we go:

Let's just start out with a source that doesn't make it into Wingnut Wrapup that much:

Mark Theissen, Washington Post:  "Democrats are crippling America’s response to Russian interference"

Yes, it's Democrats, DEMOCRATS!  who are crippling America's response to Russian interference!  Because, you see, according to Mark Theissen, a "fellow" at the right wing lie factory The American Enterprise Institute, and therefore fully qualified to be published at one of the top newspapers in the country:

"What it does not show is any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Quite the opposite, the indictment shows evidence of a lack of collusion."

No rational human being on earth could possibly believe that at this point, but Mark and all the other paid Conservative liars are going to bleat the claim out over and over again, in a (likely successful) effort to blot out the truth, as they have done hundreds of times before.

Well, even Mark has to admit that:

"The Russians did develop a preference for Trump, but their effort was much bigger than Trump"

Yeah, you son of a bitch.  Their effort was to undermine our country.  Trump was just their willing tool. 

What the hell does the Washington Post think they are doing publishing things like this?  Oh well, at least they are not paying David Brooks to lie in their faces every week for fifteen years, I guess.  That makes them marginally better than the New York Times.

And a note here:   I am going to just skip the Conservative outrage that a movie which opened last week could succeed at the box office despite being about BLACK PEOPLE!  The whole thing is just too depressing for me, but if you would like to see more on the subject, I suggest you read an article by Roy Edroso, who covers the issue fully, as he is wont to do.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled garbage:

Bernard Goldberg, Town Hall:  "while everyone agrees mentally ill people shouldn't be allowed to buy guns, how do we determine that someone is mentally ill until he does something that really proves it?"

Everyone agrees mentally ill people shouldn't be allowed to buy guns?  How about one Donald Trump, who as the first major act of his "presidency," did away with the Federal regulations preventing mentally ill people from buying guns?  How about the Republican party, which virtually unanimously supported him when he did that?  How about the millions of members of the NRA, which campaigned long and loudly to get him to do that?  Everyone agrees, at least for a few days, until enough people forget about the latest school shooting, and the gun dealers and their paid Republican stooges can get back to their real business.

Thomas J. Farnan, Town Hall:  "Have You No Sense of Decency, Robert Mueller, At Long Last?"

Ha.  You've got to laugh, I guess about Republicans projecting their worst behavior ever onto whoever gets in the way of their criminality.

"The present Russian investigation hit its “have you no sense of decency” moment last week when Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians for defrauding America.  There is no evidence that they influenced anything."

No evidence that any Republican will ever accept, that is.

"A British subject, Christopher Steele, coordinated with seedy Russians to produce a salacious and unverified dossier"

A "British subject," who just happened to be the long time head of the Russia desk at MI6.  He spent his whole career chasing down and exposing Russian spies, and now all of a sudden, he "coordinated" with the Russians.  No lie is too big when you are a Republican.

Chris Reeves, Town Hall:  "Prominent #MeToo Feminist Legislator Accused of Serial Alcohol-Fueled Sexual Misconduct"

She got drunk and fucked a lot.  That certainly puts an end to the entire feminist movement for all time, I guess.

Timothy Meads, Town Hall:  "400 Pound Geniuses, Russia's Wildest Dreams, and More Commentary from President Trump"

Commentary?  A screaming tantrum is not a commentary.

Bonchie, Red State:  "Yes, Russia Tried To Interfere In The Election…No, It’s Not Like Pearl Harbor"

Hey, a little sabotage of our electoral system, aided by its chief beneficiary, who now sits in the White House..what's the big deal?  Let's all calm down here and just shut up.  Of course it was perfectly okay for Republicans to accuse Obama of every kind of crime and perversion on earth without a shred of evidence, but this is different...this is Democrats accusing Republicans, something which is clearly out of bounds, no matter how much evidence they have.

"there is zero comparison, either via seriousness or scale, to the attacks on Pearl Harbor or 9/11."

You know what, Bonchie?  Yeah, a bunch of terrorists killed a couple thousand people on 9/11, but beyond encouraging the right in this country to go on a two decades long rage attack, they really didn't accomplish much more than that. Trump, with the enabling of the Republican Congress is rapidly turning this country into a fascist dictatorship.  That is a hundred times worse than what happened on 9/11.  And as for Pearl Harbor, I just don't remember anyone comparing this to Pearl Harbor, except you, Bonchie.

Brandon Morse, Red State:  "Mike Rowe Presents A Level Headed Suggestion About The Florida Shooting"

The suggestion?  Do nothing.  I don't really think that's the first time I have heard that suggestion.

John Hawkins, PJ Media:  "What Liberals Don’t Understand: A Serious Attempt at Gun Confiscation Could Lead to Civil War"

A civil war, yeah!  Just what they've been craving for a century and a half, since the last one worked out so well for them.  I can hardly wait either- it'll be these guys

versus these guys

That's going to make for some good TV.

A little more from John:

"Liberals love to fantasize about confiscating every gun in America."

They do?  I never heard that.

"Or, alternately, D.C. could hire goon squads in local communities to go house to house to confiscate weapons."

Goon squads, aka police, a group that wingnuts just love when they are shooting unarmed black people, or doing something else that right wingers approve of.

Debra Heine, PJ Media:  "Liberals Have Meltdown Over CPAC Speaker"

I just included this to remind you how important it is to right wingers to imagine that liberals are having "meltdowns" over everything the right does.  Angering liberals is their number one purpose in life, because they are not adults, they are really little children throwing tantrums.  In the end, they know they are not going to get what they want, but it's some satisfaction to them to make everyone else as miserable as possible in the process.

And just to make things clear, the speaker in question is Marine Le Pen, so we can translate "French nationalist" as "Nazi," which she is.  Great move, deciding to be lectured by a Nazi.  No sense hiding what you are at any more, Conservatives.

Debra Heine, PJ Media:  "Judge Orders Mueller to Provide Flynn’s Attorneys With 'Any Exculpatory Evidence'"

The obvious duty of any prosecutor, here presented as some sort of major blow to Mueller.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Social Media Censorship Panel at CPAC, with — Pamela Geller, James O’Keefe, Jim Hoft, James Damore, Harmeet Dillon, Dan Gainor"

The most nauseating panel in human history.

Lucian Wintrip, Gateway Pundit:  "Raj Shah Blasts Dems: Unlike Obama Administration POTUS Trump Actually Is Holding The Russians Accountable"

This is the sort of "reporting" you can expect when people like Gateway Pundit are given White House press credentials- i.e. lying both about Obama and Trump. 

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "JILL STEIN: Media And Democrats Were The Real Meddlers In 2016"

The mighty progressive, Jill Stein.  Jill, I am sure you are thrilled to be making common cause with Jim Hoft, Jill.

Kevin Fobbs, Renew America:  "Learn what America means to young Ohio patriot Cannon Wagner"

Uh huh.  What kind of political views can you expect from someone whose parents named them "Cannon?"  And by the way, Cannon is supposedly eight years old.  I'm not going to link to this piece of garbage, but  here's a small sample:

"So, I think that even though I'm just a kid I have a responsibility to my country and my people. Daddy tells me that by simply keeping my grades up and helping around the house and being a good friend and neighbor helps my country. So, I pray to God thanking him for putting me in America with my family and friends and even my little brother Troy. Well I think that's all I got to say."

Well, trust me on this: the article has as much chance of being written by an eight year old as it does of being written by a German Shepherd.

Amanda Batchelor, Renew America:  "'FBI director needs to resign,' Gov. Rick Scott says after FBI admits to failing to investigate tip"

And what does Gov. Rick Scott need to do after spending years fighting every kind of gun restriction or legislation on the face of the earth?  Oh, just take more money from the NRA and hold his breath until everyone forgets about the latest shooting?  I suppose I should have guessed that would be the answer.

Daniel John Sobieski, American Thinker:  "Reading, Writing, and Return Fire...Whether it be terrorists or armed loons, we all live in a war zone these days"

Do we? Do all of us risk imminent death every time we go out of our doors?  Or do we live our lives pretty much the same way people did fifty or a hundred years ago, going about our daily business without any measurable risk of being killed by a right wing fanatic or deranged lunatic?  We need to think about whose interest is served by keeping half the population in a state of near panic, which only serves to make it likely that our entire country will descend into a war zone.

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Dems fear 'slow-motion train wreck' in midterms...The smarter Dems have caught on to how screwed they are."

An interesting read from Mr. Lifson, who, curiously, fails to name one single Democrat who has said anything like this.  Well, just take his word for it.  Because would Republicans lie to you?

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Did the Russians really spend 'millions' trying to swing the election?  Where's the evidence?"

Nowhere that will induce anyone like Lifson to ever admit that it's there, that's for sure.  After all, if Republicans just refuse to look at the evidence, it doesn't exist.

Kevin Daley, Daily Caller:  "A State Court Gave Dems A Big Boost For The Midterms. Now Trump Wants SCOTUS Involved."

The big boost being, of course, a demand for Congressional districts that were not gerrymandered by Pennsylvania's Republican controlled legislature to favor Republicans, as is now the case.  Fairness favors the Democrats, so out with fairness.

And let's just head into Peak Lying Mode, and get it over with:

John White, Your News Wire:  "Citizen journalist Jenny Moonstone has interviewed Parkland survivors who reveal that the Secret Service held drills at the the school prior to the shooting that left 17 dead. According to Moonstone, multiple witnesses describe a 2nd shooter, FBI raids in town on Thursday night, and Secret Service drills last month at the school – all of which challenge the official narrative. Might this hold answers as to why the FBI failed to do anything about Nikolas Cruz?"

Jenny Moonstone....

"Jenny Moonstone happens to be an alternative you-tuber who found herself on the inside of the story when massacre came to her town of Parkland, Florida."

Okay then.  I thought I would just see who this Jenny Moonstone was, and the first thing I came up with was an hour long You Tube video raving about Pizzagate.  I'm not sure if she ever moved on to any other topics, because after a couple of minutes I had as much as I could take.  By the time I gave up, Jenny was claiming that the Clintons had murdered a couple of rock musicians (I think, because it's all so incoherent.)  This is right wing journalism at its finest.

And a few more headlines from Your News Wire:

"Disastrous’ Flu Shot Is Causing Deadly Flu Outbreak""Texas Church Shooter Was Antifa Member Who Vowed To Start Civil War""I Was In The Illuminati I’m Going To Tell You Everything, Shocking Expose""Young Boy Recounts Past Life As 1930’s Hollywood Star"

And this shocking story:

"Swiss Scientists Say Atlantis Was On Mars & Traded With Ancient Egypt"

There was a Trump casino there too.  Okay then, we'll just go out with a quote from Jenny:

"Don't stand in the way of the people who have the drive, the time and the initiative to do the research...If you deny Pizzagate, you are dead to me."

Dead, I tell you, dead.

Al Weisman, Freedom Daily:  "POLITICSBREAKING!! Trump Just Received HIGHEST Honor! He Just Beat Out President Ronald Reagan!"

Amazing!  And what is that honor, you are surely asking:

"According to the highly prestigious conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation, President Donald Trump has done a remarkable job during the first year of his presidency..."

Remarkable.  That's for sure.

"His accomplishments are surprisingly a lot better than the American Conservative icon that was President Ronald Reagan!  The heritage foundation is rightly so calling President Donald Trump the most conservative president they have ever rated."

As if that was ever in doubt. And Freedom Daily isn't done today!

Liberty Belle, Freedom Daily:  "BREAKING!! Obama in Full PANIC After They Found EVERYTHING He Tried To Hide!"

Everything!  They found EVERYTHING!!!!!!  It's all over now!

Well, at least Wingnut Wrapup is over.  For now.  Count your blessings.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Tell Us Something We Didn't Know

News just in from an article at Daily Kos.  The article quotes one in the New York Times, but I'm sorry- the New York Times isn't any more deserving of a link these days than Gateway Pundit:

"A leading association of political scientists have released the data from their most recent survey and a ratings-obsessed Donald Trump is not going to be happy. They detailed their findings in the New York Times:

"James Buchanan, who was at the helm as the United States careened into civil war, was dislodged from his position as our nation’s worst president by our current president, Trump.

His Oval Office predecessor, Barack Obama, shot into the Top 10, up from 18th in the previous survey"

 Have a nice day, asshole.  By which I mean I hope you are getting a head start on packing for prison so you will be ready if your corrupt party can't keep you out of where you belong.

Let's Just Hide from the Truth, Washington Post Style

A couple of brief excerpts from the Washington Post today. First, this remark from Paul Waldman:

"Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation, and the Russia scandal in general, are driving this president around the bend, to the point where he is setting himself against not just the government he leads but also the interests of the United States of America. And everything we’ve seen up to now suggests that it will only get worse."

You see, the President "setting himself against ...the interests of the United States of America" is about nothing but him being "around the bend," whatever that is supposed to mean.  Waldman doesn't dare mention the real reason for this behavior:  The Russians put him in office, and destroying the security of the United States is the price he agreed to pay for that favor.  I do not believe for a second that Waldman doesn't know this perfectly well, but he gets paid to slide our attention away from this fact by any means possible. 

And now on to an opinion piece by Ruth Marcus:

“Incontrovertible,” McMaster said, and so it is for anyone who bothers to read the indictment of 13 Russians for running a massive operation not only to disrupt the election but to do so to Trump’s benefit. But of course Trump never has and apparently never will be able to accept this. Is it his fragile ego that cannot tolerate the implicit challenge to his legitimacy? Is it something more sinister?"

Of course it is something more sinister.  There's a word for it: treason.  That has been obvious for well over a year now, but we are dealing here with The Crime That Dare Not Speak Its Name; at least when it is committed by Republicans.

Why do you think Trump is spending so much time these days screaming that the Russian assistance he sought and got didn't win the election for him?  Because if it did, that just completes the quid pro quo that would legally prove his treason.  Not that this is not clear to any sentient human being, but at this point, the only hope this veteran of 3,500 lawsuits has is that his attorneys can obscure the truth just enough to prevent a Supreme Court carefully packed with corrupt conservatives from admitting the obvious.  And in this endeavor, he can use all the help he can get, including that of the mainstream press.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Fox News Comes Up With Answer to School Shooting

Greg Gutfield, at Fox News:

" Learning combat. Learning hand-to-hand combat. This works, by the way, for terror, if there’s a terror attack, and it works for school shootings."

Hand to hand combat.  By means of which these people
are going to take down an active shooter with an AR-15.  A really practical alternative to gun control.

The House Comes Tumbling Down

While the country is mesmerized with the latest right wing terror attack, and a story of another newly revealed Trump affair, this seems to be getting just about no coverage. There is, for example, currently not one word about it on the Washington Post website, nor at the New York Times website.  From a CNBC story:

"Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office said Friday that a grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential elections, during which they boosted the candidacy of Donald Trump.

The indictment says that the defendants by early to mid-2016 were "supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump ... and disparaging Hillary Clinton."

The indictment said "the organization," known as the Internet Research Agency LLC, "sought, in part, to conduct what it called 'information warfare against the United States of America' through fictitious U.S. personas on social media platforms and other Internet-based media."

If you are interested, the story I linked to contains the text of the indictment.

I'm guessing that, given that the President's party controls everything, and cares no more about treason than he does, that this is just one more story that will be written off as meaningless, while Trump and the right go on screaming "no collusion!  fake news!"  And after all, if treason happens in the woods where no one cares to look at it, did it really happen at all?

Update:  Well, some more mainstream media outlets are finally being forced to cover this story, which could be a key piece of the biggest political crime in the history of the United States.  They'd ignore it if they could.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wingnut Wrapup- Florida School Shooting Edition

This is an unusual edition of Wingnut Wrapup, so let me explain:  Within a couple of hours of the Florida school shooting today, in which 17 were killed, Gateway Pundit, one of the most malignant right wing websites in existence, published a post claiming that Nikolas DeJesus Cruz, the shooter, was a registered Democrat and lover of Islam.  This turned out almost immediately to be a total lie, based on some of the shoddiest journalism ever seen.  So, Gateway Pundit just changed the entire post to hide their depraved indifference to the truth.  Unfortunately, they did not also purge the comments section of this post, which quickly amassed hundreds of comments.  What is below is a random sampling of those comments; for every one I list here, there are dozens more just as malignant.  Normally, I do not include remarks from comment sections in Wingnut Wrapup, because, honestly, they just make too easy pickings.  But I think I will make an exception today, because it is important to see just how hate filled and deranged these people are; this is what we are up against, and these people are utterly unreachable by reason or pleas for decency.

"If all Republicans carried concealed, you wouldn't see so many Democraps killing our kids and other people."
And hold on, because this sort of thing is going to go on for a while.  It's going to be a rough ride.


I wonder, now that we know the truth, if people like this are going to be owning it now, and admitting they were totally duped by right wing propaganda.

"One difference between conservatives and liberals is that when a conservative doesn't want something, they don't buy it, if a liberal doesn't want something, they want it banned."

Like, say, contraceptives, marijuana and, incidentally, the truth?

"Almost all of the shooters in Chicago and other big cities are Democrats"

Like all the gang guys who are Democratic precinct workers, right?  Because when there is a murder in Chicago, the first thing they check is what political party the murderer belonged to.

"What will be really interesting will be if he turns out not to be a citizen yet is registered to vote."

Sorry, he is a citizen and he's not registered to vote, as far as we know at this point.  So grow up and stop your fantasies already.

"I would no longer be surprised if Comey and the FBI hired this delusional liberal for mass murdering, to give the corrupt crminals room to change the subject. It makes no sense, but a soft coup is equally stupid. Can't count out Obama or Hillary."

You wouldn't be surprised, because you are a moronic, vicious, hate filled pig yourself.

" he's a member of the Laguna Beach branch of antifa"  

Based on the following image, of someone else,which is flying around the right wing web world within hours:
Funny, I thought Laguna Beach was in California.  I wonder how the guy got in the Laguna Beach branch of Antifa.

"Yeah, don’t they call this a False Flag?"

Yeah, "they" do.  "They" being right wing liars.

"The fact he enjoyed covering his face and was a registered Democrat points to Commie/Islamo/Antifa, but we will wait for the facts."

Needless to say, they didn't wait for the facts.  They just went with the lies.  Surprised?

"This is likely a 'dreamer' who became a mass murderer. Thanks Obama."

Thanks, Obama...  Well, we knew that was coming.  Sort of hard to believe that people actually use that phrase seriously any more.

"Leftist public school taught him everything he knows and believes."

And here I thought that leftist public schools taught kids that they had no right to own guns.

"I would expect the caption to that photo would be something like:"Antifa member Nicolas de Jesus Cruz proudly wears his war booty from the previous evening's protest at the Trump rally, where he beat an elderly Trump Supporter, threw that person to the ground, and stomped on the person's head repeatedly, before taking that Trump Supporter's MAGA hat as a souvenir of the event."

Right.  That is what you would expect, because you are as deranged and hate filled as he is.

"I knew he was Hispanic! A follower of Allah too. Definitely makes him a DEMOCRAT!"

Fellow students say he hated Islam.  And he was not Hispanic.  He was a white guy who was adopted by Hispanic parents, who are both dead.  So I guess that definitely makes him a REPUBLICAN!

"Another programmed killer of the Democrats."

And who were the other ones?  I've never heard of them.

"Most likely a Democrat False Flag. These type tragedies tend to happen when news is going VERY BAD for Democrats & if they're not crashing Amtrak trains they're creating tragic mass school shootings. As 'Q' has said, these people are EVIL."

False flag.  God knows how many people already have made up their minds that this is true.  And by the way, the train crashers this guy is referring to were certified right wing terrorists.

"The problem is schools can’t even expel students anymore"

The guy was expelled, dumbass.  That has been in every story about him.  What the fuck are you thinking about?

"Blame it on Obama. Obama made it difficult to own short barrel rifles...something each teacher should have strapped to his back in class"

Right, that would make school such a better place.  Maybe strap a couple of swords there too, like Geralt of Rivia.

"Democrats are to blame for this because all they do to is preach hate."

Well, enough.   And there is so much more, all within a few hours of the shooting.  How can we ever deal with these people?

And please remember that, the Trump administration, while engaging in almost daily attacks on CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, etc.  has granted press credentials to this hateful, miserable website.   This is a sick time in our country, and there is no sign of a way to set things back on the right track.

Update:  We now learn that the "Republic of Florida," a white supremacist militia, has admitted that Cruz participated in "paramilitary drills" that it ran.  Presumably, he learned some of the tactics he used in the school shooting from those drills.  So, as anyone might have expected, not only are wingnut claims that he is a Democrat completely false, but he is one of their own.  I doubt that you will see much coverage of that fact in the right wing press.

And just to emphasize the fact, here is the lead headline at the moment from the Washington Post:

"Florida school shooting carried out with chilling precision"

I wonder if the government will bother to investigate how much of that "chilling precision" he learned from his white supremacist "paramilitary drills." 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Wingnut Wrapup

Man, it's been a busy few days in wingnut world.  You can always tell when they are so worried about what they have been up to that they need to be extra generous with the lies.

Let's just start out with a shout out to Fox News, which is now pushing the line that the reason that so many Trump administration officials can't get security clearances is not that they are all crooks with ties to a foreign dictator, but that...wait for's all Obama's fault, for making the security check process just too darned hard.  I BLAME OBAMA!!!  What else did you expect?

And on we go:

Kurt Schlichter, Town Hall:  "Principles, Schminciples - Lynch Mobs Are Cool If They Derail Trump"

The "Lynch mobs" in question are not, of course, real mobs, but anyone who questions the miserable way Trump is behaving as President.  See, any criticism from a Democrat is automatically illegitimate, and therefore:

"They babble on, endlessly, about “principles,” but when you cut through their endless posturing, posing, and smarmy virtue signaling, their “principles” are disposable whenever disposing of them helps get them what they want."

More projection, I's all the Republicans have.

Rachel Alexander, Town Hall:  "Mass Exodus from Blue States to Red States"

People aren't leaving red States because they are too fucking poor to afford the gas to get out of town, and for Red State residents it's gas or Oxy, and you know which one of those is going to win.

Scott Morefield, Town Hall:  "Calling Good, Evil and Evil, Good...'Christian Liberals' Twist the Words of Jesus to Wage War Against President Trump"

Of course, no quotation here of the actual words of Christ, so Green Eagle will offer the following as a small sample:

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 
Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

It would be interesting to hear Scott explain how liberals "twist" these words of Christ to wage war against Trump.  My guess?  "Twist" is used here as a synonym for "quote."  But as I have already pointed out once today, whenever a liberal says anything, it is automatically some sort of Commie lie, and therefore must be utterly ignored.

Timothy Meads, Town Hall:  "'The President Saved My Life' - Trump's Generous Donation Helps One Man Beat Cancer"

That's nice.  No mention, of course, of this story:
"How Donald Trump Shifted Kids-Cancer Charity Money Into His Business...the Trump Organization received payments for (a Trump golf course's) use, part of more than $1.2 million that has no documented recipients past the Trump Organization. Golf charity experts say the listed expenses defy any reasonable cost justification for a one-day golf tournament."

Trump allegedly gave the guy $10,000 for his cancer treatment.  That would be less than one percent of what he stole from this kids' cancer charity in this one act alone.  A great photo op while he profits off the deaths of children. 

Susan Wright, Red State:  "BREAKING: Envelope With “White Powder” Sent to the Home of Donald Trump Jr."

Probably just his weekly delivery.
Don, that'll teach you not to get so loaded that you don't make it to the mailbox ahead of the help.

Sarah Lee, Red State:  "Nunes’ Next Step: ‘Sycophant’ Former Head of CIA, John Brennan"

Well, if there is anyone who knows what a sycophant is, it's Devin Nunes, that's for sure.  And as for you, Sarah Lee, maybe you should stick to making coffee cake.

Streiff, Red State:  "Why Aren’t We Targeting The People Who Supplied Iran With Their Drone Design?"

Yeah, why are we not bombing the crap out of everyone on earth who annoys Donald Trump?

Dan Spencer, Red State:  "Trump Budget Would Cut Entitlement Spending by $1.7 Trillion"

Well, that would cut a good quarter out of the six trillion Trump and the Republicans just gave away to rich people.  It's a start, I guess.

Susan Wright, Red State:  "Trump Points a Finger at the Obstacles to Peace in the Middle East"

Unfortunately, it was such a short finger that no one could tell which direction it was pointing.  "EXPOSED! Ben Shapiro gives the REAL reason for the media’s smoochfest with North Korea"

No, really, Ben, the reason is that a monstrous little toad of a tyrant still looks good compared to Trump.  Deal with it, buddy.

And oh God, this is painful.  How about a Conservative "humor" break?

No word, of course, of what it takes to support oppressive regimes like that in the Philippines, say, or in Russia.  No, those are the good oppressors, i.e. the ones Republicans like.  And let's ignore the fact that CNN isn't supporting anyone, while Trump and the Republicans actually are supporting repressive regimes all over the world.

Hans Von Spakovsky, PJ Media:  "How the Criminal Referral on Christopher Steele Corroborates the Nunes FISA Memo..."[The] FBI relied on admittedly uncorroborated information ... "

Just a little hint to you, Hans:  FBI stands for Federal Bureau of INVESTIGATION, not Federal Bureau of Things We Already Know, or Federal Bureau of Telling Lies for Trump.  They investigate things because they don't know yet if they are true or false.  That's their job, not to cover up the treason of the President. 

And for those who don't remember, Hans served in the Bush II justice department, where he was tasked basically with destroying the rule of law in this country.  Keep that in mind when deciding how much faith to place in what this miserable right wing tool has to say.

Debra Heine, PJ Media:  "American Media Can't Stop Gushing About the North Korean 'Charm Offensive' at the Olympics"

See, it is the exclusive privilege of the Trump administration to lie to the press.

And now, the next Republican scandal going nowhere:

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Breaking: Grassley Uncovers Bizarre Email Susan Rice Sent Herself on Trump’s Inauguration Day"

An e-mail she sent herself.  Boy, that has all the signs of being something the Republicans can run with for five or six years.

Joshua Caplan, Gateway Pundit:  "REVEALED: ANOTHER Top Mueller Investigator OUTED As Diehard Liberal & Democrat Donor"

And again:  It makes no difference if the person is a totally honest government worker.  If he's a Democrat he must be destroyed. Because only Republicans should be allowed to investigate anyone.  And since every single Republican, without exception, is corrupt, that will work out very well for them.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Antifa Cheers Murder of Police Officer Thrown in Front of Train...Cologne / Germany: UPDATE- Antifa celebrates the murder of the policeman who was pushed in front of a train at the Chlodwigplatz in Cologne – –32 year old policeman rolled over by city railway and killed — The policeman employed in the fight against Islamists was deliberately pushed onto the tracks."

A little bit of information from Wikipedia: 

"Antifaschistische Aktion, an umbrella organisation for militant anti-fascists in Germany, was formed in 1932. It was sometimes called "Antifa". Although it did not survive the war, local anti-fascist committees were formed across Germany, typically by veterans of this organisation, as Nazi rule crumbled in 1944, under the name "Antifa".

This group has absolutely zero to do with the largely fictional "antifa" groups in the United States.  It was originally formed to fight Hitler.  What a bunch of hateful liberals.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "BOOM! Judicial Watch President: CIA Laundered Clinton-DNC Dossier Into White House Intel Briefing – It’s Time to Question Obama"

They "laundered" the Steele Dossier into intelligence briefings- i.e. they included information from possibly the greatest expert on Russian spying on the face of the earth.  A new meaning of the word "laundered."  And way to go, Jim, to accuse the Clintons and Obama of, well, something, for doing their job.  Fighting against treason is now treason itself- George Orwell would have been so proud of you.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "STUNNING! Liberal Media Hacks Caught Using Same Talking Points on Nunes FISA Memo"

Talking points!  They used talking points!  Something the Republicans would never do!  And what was the single "talking point" that had Jim so enraged?  A couple of them used the term "cherry picked" to refer to Nunes' memo.  Not calling Trump a Muslim or a Communist or a citizen of another country or actually Satan himself, no, just using the term "cherry picked."  Stupidest Man on the Internet rears his ugly head once again.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Former Secret Service Agent: Adam Schiff Is a Snake! "

This would be former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, who is a right wing talk show host that worked in the White House for a couple of years during Obama's administration, where he was a minor security guy with essentially zero contact with Obama himself, but who wrote a smear book after he left, accusing Obama of all sorts of things that all turned out to be lies, but which of course are quoted to this day as legitimate revelations.  Pretty much standard Republican character assasination.

Tom Fitton, Gateway Pundit:  "TOM FITTON: There Are AT LEAST FOUR Anti-Trump Dossiers By Obama-Clinton Cabal"

Because anything that is anti-Trump is a vicious attack on the U.S. of A. by a pack of traitorous liberals.

Joshua Caplan, Gateway Pundit:  "FLASHBACK: Conan O’Brien Trashes Haiti With “Burning Pile of Tires” Joke In 2005"

Because a thirteen year old joke is all they've got.

Joshua Caplan, Gateway Pundit:  "Juanita Broaddrick Puts Barbra Streisand ON BLAST Over Rumored AFFAIR With Bill Clinton"

A woman who was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by a rich right winger to lie about a sexual relationship with Clinton, now accuses someone else of an affair with him without one shred of evidence.  Like I said, that's all they've got.

Michael Bresciani, Renew America:  "Perversion and immorality vs. Trump's MAGA -- Who's in the lead?"

Lying thousands of times, treason, obstruction of justice, endless affairs, mistreating women, damaging virtually the whole country to serve the rich...these things could never be considered perversion or immorality, I guess. 

Curtis Dahlgren, Renew America:  "Free love" isn't FREE; it is costly to society and you"

Free love?  when does Curtis think he is living, 1918?

Jesse Lee Peterson, World Net Daily:  "Destroying men also hurts women and children"

See, holding males responsible for their abuse actually hurts women, so we have to let the male abusers go.  Right, Jesse.

L. E. Ikenga, American Thinker:  "Donald Trump is Forcing American Blacks to Pick a Side"

Sorry to break this to you, buddy, but American blacks picked a side a long time ago.  L. E. continues with one of the great examples of Republican projection I have ever heard:

"The most heinous reality that the straight-shooting 45th POTUS has uncovered is this: a good portion of the leftist media see most blacks and other dark-skinned minorities as sub-humans."

Yes, it's the left that sees blacks and minorities as sub-humans, not the now openly white supremacist Republican party.  Man, there are a lot of shameless liars on the right these days.

Jared Metzker, American Thinker:  "The Left Is 'Spinning' Out of Control...The Democrats are addicted to spin, and it’s only getting worse.  Any misdemeanor gaffe by Trump is instantly upgraded into an imagined capital offense"

Such as the "misdemeanor gaffes" of treason, trying to turn the country into a dictatorship, corrupt theft of billions to give to Republican backers, spreading Nazi style hatred, etc.

Rich Logis, American Thinker:  "Democrats Helped Create Neo-Nazi Arthur Jones...Arthur Jones, the Nazi congressional candidate in Illinois running as a Republican, isn't symptomatic of Nazism in the GOP.  He's the result of decades of a Democrat monopoly."

See, even the Republicans nominating an open Nazi to run for Congress isn't their fault- it's the fault of the Democrats.  I'm just surprised the guy didn't find a way to blame Obama personally.  This idiotic jerk continues:

"Democrats impugn with the insult of Nazi! Nazi! Nazi! so frequently that they have watered down to zero the horrors of Nazism.  This is yet another method by which Democrats whitewash, revise, and rewrite history.'

The Democrats have watered down to zero the horrors of Nazism!  Not Trump, who says that a lot of Nazis were pretty nice people, not the Republican party that welcomes open Nazis to run for office, no!  It's the Democrats who have made Nazism okay by pointing out that a lot of Republicans these days seem to be fine with Nazism.  Unfortunately, that is not whitewashing history, it is telling the truth.  I only wish it were false.

And now for the most lame brained example of right wing prudery today:

Monica Showalter, American Thinker:  "Another wardrobe malfunction at the Olympics?  Is it too much to ask Olympic athletes to wear professional costumes?   What's with the new skimpy costume thing now seen in ice-skaters?"

And exactly what is a"professional costume" for ice skaters?  Maybe something a little more like this?

Man, talk about too much time on your hands, and not enough to be outraged about.

Justin Caruso, Daily Caller:  "Sarah Sanders Shuts Down CNN's Acosta By Bringing Up The Elephant In The Room"

What, herself?

And God, enough already- let's just finish on the stupidest item of the day, from the stupidest man alive:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Melania Trump had the White House scrubbed of demons before she would move her family into the Washington DC residence in 2017...Melania Trump reportedly said, “I’m not going to go into that White House unless it has been completely exorcised,” according to Pastor Begley. One thing was left, a cross on the wall. “They cleansed the White House,” he said. “They had people in there anointing it with oil and praying everywhere.”

Reportedly.  As reported by the Christian News Service, the group that removed the thing about giving false witness from the Ten Commandments, I guess.  Sorry, I don't believe Melania is that much of an idiot.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Humor from the Trump Administration

Ha ha.  News tonight that Rachel Brand, the number three person at the Justice Department, and the person who would have the power to end the Mueller investigation if Trump gets his way and fires Rod Rosenstein, has just resigned to take a job at Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart!  Ms. Brand says it was an offer she couldn't refuse- leaving what was about to become one of the most powerful positions in Washington, to go to work for a discount store.

With Ms. Brand gone, the next person in line to be in charge of Mueller is a former clerk to Antonin Scalia, who was approved with every Democrat except one voting against him.

Boy, wouldn't you like to know how many millions the billionaire owners of Wal-Mart, strong supporters of Trump, had to offer her to get her out of there?  And  what was explained to her about how long her life expectancy was if she refused to quit?

And this sort of thing is just fine with every Republican on earth.  This is not democracy, it is dictatorship; utterly lawless rule. And that's what they want.  It's what they have been working to achieve since the Reagan administration, and by God, they are within a stone's throw of achieving their fondest desire.

A Little Information About the Great Crash of 1929

Wall Street on October 29, 1929

I'll tell you something that I always believed until I started reading about the 1920's and 1930's, and it has to do with "Black Tuesday."  That was October 29, 1929, the day we were taught that the stock market crashed, precipitating the Great Depression, the greatest economic collapse in human history and a direct cause of World War II.  Isn't that what you, like me, were taught in school (if the subject was even mentioned?)  Even at the time, this account loomed large:
This is a subject which it might be profitable to examine, given that the Dow Jones average, which closed at 26,616 just a week ago, closed yesterday at 23,860, a loss of just over 10% in a week.  Yes, it was up a little today, but is that reason for comfort, or on the other hand, was the recent decline a reason for great concern?

I think it will be useful to examine exactly what did happen in 1929 and subsequent years.  Here is a chart of the Dow Jones average from that period, showing inflation adjusted numbers.  The data are by month, and I have added numerical information for some key months:
And here is a little table of these numbers, with percentage values of the peak:

                                                      August 1929           5419
September 1929     4899      90.4%
October 1929         3897      71.9%
November 1929     3405      62.8%
March 1930           4173      77.0%
May 1931              2070      38.2%

Here is what I want to point out:  The Stock Market Crash of 1929 did not happen in a single day; it was a phenomenon spread out over a long period of time.  In fact, as you might be able to see from the chart, there was another minor collapse before the big one, hitting a low point of 4312, in May of 1929.  The real crash began in August, hitting a temporary low point in November of 1929, at which point the Dow had lost over a third of its value.  Even after Black Tuesday, there was tremendous pressure from the bankers and other "authorities" to deny what was happening, as you can see from the front page of the New York Times of October 30, 1929:

After this, as you can see, the market rallied, if you can call it that, hitting a temporary number of 4173 in March of 1930, before beginning its truly catastrophic collapse, bottoming out in May of 1939, at a value of only 38.2% of its 1929 high point.  The crash, in other words, was not a product of a single disastrous day, but under Republican economic stewardship continued for two years.

I think it is fair to say that everyone in 1929 should have seen the May decrease in values as a sign of serious economic instability, but instead, they just ignored it and got back on the party train.  What we have seen in the last week is certainly comparable in extent to the May, 1929 collapse, and was certainly, given its short duration, worse than what happened in the first month of the real 1929 crash.  I am not an economist, and so I am not making any predictions here, but I do believe that, if you are going to look to the past for knowledge, it is best to have that knowledge straight.

Now, there is one more thing that I have to deal with in connection with the 1929 crash; and it is the myth so vehemently forced on the country afterwards, that nobody knew that the crash was going to happen.  In fact, many economic experts predicted, for several years before the crash, that it was inevitable, but nobody in government or the financial world was willing to take the blame for pulling the plug on the gigantic 1920's party, in which everyone thought they could get rich without risk.  Of course, the naysayers are being ignored today, by a government and a financial industry that will interpret the worst fiscal fever as a wonderful specimen of endless growth.  Will it all end the same way as it did in the 1920's?  This is a prediction I will make: if "irrational exuberance," i.e. unrestrained greed, continues to be the governing principal of the day, it certainly will be.

In closing, I want to recommend a short book, which is the only economics book I have ever read that can be described as a "page turner."  It is "The Great Crash  1929," by John Kenneth Galbraith.  A great read, and you will really feel like you have learned something when you are done.  If you want more, I suggest "The Crisis of the Old Order: 1919-1933," which is the first volume of Arthur Schlesinger's "The Age of Roosevelt."  These are both available on Kindle, the second one for free, believe it or not.  The two works will serve to utterly devastate much of the fiction about the crash which those who stand to benefit from the behavior that caused the first one, have spent endless effort spreading in the last ninety years.

Hypocrisy indeed

From the Washington Post today:

"Rand Paul’s warning about the GOP’s deficit hypocrisy reverberates"

What of course never reverberated at the Washington Post or anywhere else in the mainstream media was liberals writing almost every day since at least the Reagan administration about the same thing.

No, it only counts if a Republican says it, thirty years too late, and way too weakly to accomplish anything.  Liberals being right about this (as about virtually every other thing they say) means nothing, because liberals just don't get a place at the journalistic table, even such an allegedly liberal one as the Washington Post.

So we go on with people endlessly repeating that Republicans are "fiscally conservative," that Paul Ryan is a serious policy wonk instead of a criminal leading the theft of our nation's resources, that Mitch McConnell is really trying to do the right thing for the country, that Donald Trump is right on the verge of "turning everything around" and being a magnificent President, that the Democrats really caused the government shutdown, that there's nothing really wrong with sending a sexual molester of children to the Senate, that threatening to start a nuclear war represents mature foreign policy, that the hyper rich deserve a six trillion dollar giveaway and on and on.  The mainstream press is not allowed to acknowledge the most obvious truth until some Republican finds a way to use it to benefit himself; until then, it's straight down the road to hell, and who cares about truth.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

A Little Bet

So, "President" Trump claims he wants to hold his military parade on Veterans' day, November 11.  I've got $10 that says that as soon as he manages to get this parade to happen, he is going to discover that Veterans' day is not a good time for it, so he will move it up a week or so, to make it happen just before the election, when it can form the centerpiece of a belligerent campaign of jingoistic propaganda, the likes of which the United States has never seen.  Any takers?